Jus Kidz is a charitable organisation based in Knowsley which provides a drop-in centre and activities for disabled young people and their siblings.
The young people at Jus Kidz were inspired by the Paralympics and keen to try some more sporting activities themselves. The staff at Jus Kidz did not have the background knowledge or experience to know where to access any sport development funding. Jus Kidz’s manager, Cath Manley, was directed to ‘Sported’: the UK’s leading sporting legacy charity of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games set up by Sir Keith Mills to help keep the ‘promise’ to change young lives through sport. (www.sported.org.uk).
Having qualified to become a member of ‘Sported’, they were put in touch with Kate, who works as volunteer mentor for ‘Sported’ in the North West. Kate helped Jus Kidz to put together an application for sports equipment and specialist training their staff and volunteers.
The first stage of the programme involved working with Paralympian Martin Mansell who initially ran a multi-sport training day and later training in use of ‘Floatsation’ (www.floatsation.com): a product re-designed by Martin and now one of the most inclusive swimming / floating aids ever. Martin also put together a bag of sports equipment to enable Jus Kidz to play a range of activities including:
- T Ball
- Sitting Volleyball
- Uni- Hoc
Jus Kidz have maintained their link with the KH2 CIC and benefited from being involved in an Outdoor Activities Day at Active Adventures in addition to being kept up-dated on funding opportunities for the organisation.
The Friday Nite Project
Jus Kidz youth club “The Friday Nite Project”, is based at Copthorne Adventure Playground and is for young people with disabilities, their siblings and friends from age 11. This runs from 6.30pm-9.30pm 50 Friday evenings of the year, cost £2.00 subs per week. To date we have had a dance tutor delivering Bollywood/Street Dance classes. A rap artist delivering fantastic opportunity to young people to develop rap skills. We are not totally building based and have had trips out to the cinema, theatre and Chinese restaurants to name but a few.
We now also offer residential holidays for children/young people with disabilities throughout the year. Parents are welcome to attend, however, we do offer the opportunity for parents/carers to have respite whilst Jus Kidz staff with support your child/young person throughout the holiday.Jus Kidz also offers family support, advice and advocacy. Target age: Up to 25 Self referral or through Social Services, Portage, Children’s Centres, Parent Partnership, Schools.